The road to prohibition

Source: spiked
by Christopher Snowdon

“Last month, the New Zealand parliament passed a law that will prohibit anyone born after 2008 from ever buying cigarettes. Nothing spreads so quickly in politics as an illiberal ‘public health’ policy, and so it was no surprise to hear Wes Streeting, UK shadow health secretary, announcing over the weekend that he is keen to copy the Kiwis. If elected, Labour will launch a public consultation on incremental prohibition. In an interview with The Times last week, Streeting said that he ‘hated the smell of cigarette smoke growing up.’ He also wants to clamp down on e-cigarettes, because he is ‘sick and tired of seeing young people congregating outside vaping shops.’ Mr Streeting is clearly not a man to be messed with. Mildly irritate him at your peril.” (01/11/23)